Made in Michigan

These are automotive rearview cameras: They are the sort of thing that you’d image would be produced in a place like China, Thailand, India, or some other country far, far away from Michigan.

These are automotive rearview cameras:

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They are the sort of thing that you’d image would be produced in a place like China, Thailand, India, or some other country far, far away from Michigan.

Come 2018, there are going to be a whole lot of rearview cameras made and deployed because the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a rule that calls for some sort of rear-visibility technology on all vehicles under 10,000 lb., which pretty much includes all light cars and trucks. And cameras fit the bill.

But speaking of a whole lot of cameras, that picture is of product from Magna International Inc.

What’s notable is that they were produced in a 130,000-square-foot facility. . .in Holly, Michigan.

What’s more: Magna Electronics Holly has produced 10-million of them.

And according to Magna, it is the only rearview camera maker in the U.S.

Who knew?

(Of course, Magna has facilities elsewhere, too. As Swamy Kotagiri, Magna Chief Technical Officer, pointed out, “With engineering and manufacturing teams in the U.S., Germany and China, Magna is uniquely positioned to support our global customers with our innovative camera technology.” This is one of the few times that you’ll see a quote from an executive where the word “uniquely” really does apply, given the U.S.-based camera manufacturing status.)